Volkswagen India has introduced a 1-litre, three cylinder MPI engine with the Polo hatchback in the country. However, the automaker has discontinued the existing 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine in the hatchback from now onwards. According to the manufacturer, the new 1.0 litre engine is more fuel efficient according to the ARAI test results. Also, the new engine is lighter by about 18 kilograms and is understood to be BS-VI emission norms-ready. However, according to VW, the 1.0 MPI motor will replace the 1.2 MPI across the product range, suggesting it will be offered on the Ameo compact sedan shortly as well.
Commenting on the new engine on the Polo lineup, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, "Delivering on our promise of continued product introduction and innovation, we are pleased to introduce the Polo in an all-new 1.0 L MPI engine. We are known for our performance and unmatched safety and with this new introduction; we further enhance our brand proposition, providing a diverse portfolio to India's distinctive car-buyer, with multiple engine options that best suits their requirements."
Although, the new engine is smaller than the existing 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine but it generates the same power of 75 Bhp as the outgoing engine. However, the torque definitely came down to 95 Nm in the new 1.0 litre engine as compared to 110 Nm in the older 1.2-litre engine. In terms of fuel efficiency, the newly launched engine is capable of returning 18.78 kmpl instead of the 16.47 kmpl returned by the previous one. The new 1.0 litre petrol motor will replace the 1.2-litre all the naturally aspirated petrol powered variants of the Polo and will come at the same price as before at Rs 5.41 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Apart from this, VW will continue offering the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine option in the Polo GT TSI. The engine produces 108 Bhp of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. For the diesel variants, the Polo hatchback comes powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine making 89 bhp of power and 230 Nm of torque in standard form while the same engine generates 108 bhp of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque in GT TDI form. However, even in GT TDI form the diesel motor doesn’t get an automatic gearbox as the GT TSI instead gets a manual gearbox.
Other than the powertrain everything from design, features and price remain the same on the VW Polo hatchback. However, we would have definitely loved it more if the automaker had decreased the price of the premium hatchback in order to make it more competitive with other hatchbacks in the segment such as the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz and the Hyundai Elite i20.
The price list of the Volkswagen Polo 1.0-Litre Petrol Prices In India Ex-Showroom (Delhi) has been mentioned below:
Rs 5.41 Lakh
Rs 6.10 Lakh
Rs 7.01 Lakh
Rs 7.24 Lakh
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